A Uniform Advantage

 

Uniforms today have become an essential tool in many professional fields, providing a sense of solidarity and authority in the workplace. They differentiate the patients from the employees and help the workplace maintain its feel of organization and cleanliness. In fact, uniforms have a long history dating back to early Roman history. By encouraging the practice of wearing uniforms, Roman leaders could easily identify their forces from those of the enemy or civilians. I think this also makes sense today. By having staff wear medical uniforms, they will provide a distinction to both patients and co-workers, allowing for a more identifiable means for efficient communication.

Having uniforms in the workplace can create a real sense of professionalism and set a good example for patients.  They stimulate a sense of pride in being part of the group, & allow the staff to focus on their job, instead of fashion. Uniforms and scrubs help to keep the workplace staff standardized and will show that they are all working towards a common purpose. Uniforms are practical too.  They will not only save the staff money on buying expensive work clothes, but also save them time in deciding what to wear for the work day.

What is it that medical uniforms provide that makes them so desirable? For the patient it may mean that they are being treated with a sense of importance, or knowing that they are going to get special attention.  For staff it may mean a better image or a sense of a team environment. After all, we know from experience in our own daily lives that uniforms provide an image for us.  This image is very important and the perception of this image often results in either profits or losses to the organization. Wearing nursing uniforms show patients a professional and organized staff that projects a sense of reliability and confidence; and that will stay with them long after they have gone.

What is your opinion about this?  Do you enjoy wearing uniforms and scrubs? Does a uniform make you feel better about your job or worse about it? What do you think of the medical scrubs today? Does it make sense to have everyone dress exactly the same?  Or would you prefer a uniform color scheme that allows for a mix, but still shows uniformity.  We look forward to your comments.

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